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they made a decision. last few weeks. completely unnecessary damage. the u.s. government shutdown. the debt ceiling raised. to. take on the police. the government's new. budget. also this week. a huge spike in radiation. thousands of times in just a day. but
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really this is a place that. they don't ever think about a. week ago today it was a default for america this week just as the nation was about to run out of cash. last minute deal to reopen the government and push the debt ceiling even higher and the whole world watched the deadline. could cause yet another global recession.
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wasn't all good news as aunties and he said no way reports. global market eyes were wide open while washington was shut waiting and bracing for impact. the congress had been household free to come in more nuts and truck she did. that cynical about the. but at the so called eleventh hour congress struck a deal to deal with it later if that's what it is the agreement reopen the government and funds it in till january fifteenth allowing the u.s. to continue borrowing until february seventh america barely avoided defaulting on their almost seventeen trillion dollars in debt brand america took a beating here sixteen days of a government shutdown halted the capital to a standstill put hundreds of thousands of workers out of jobs and the world economy on the verge of recession then surely the markets going we don't want to play this
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. we're not usually you money at any price the scare sparked global reevaluation given the time and time again these political crisis appear in the us i think there would be more calls for a sort of trying to reduce dependence in america in the same way as america has been trying to reduce dependency on the middle east for its oil ironically the shutdown didn't save money it costs the u.s. some twenty four billion dollars and credibility worldwide whether it's coming from the world bank whether the i.m.f. whether the leading bankers of the world or from china with now it's de americanization this was really a spectacle following a series of spectacles that has downgraded america's image worldwide to levels i've never seen solo the gentleman from say the scare was just a way to come. and save the day last minute up on the table this is the creation of
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a crisis atmosphere wall street and you know the one percent or corporate sponsors all of them they're not going to allow the meltdown of the international economy well they sure fooled me and millions of others congress now has some more time to come up with a long term budget solution before a new deadline comes rolling on the hill they will also have to deal with damage control both at home and abroad all while trying to solve a debt problem in just three months something they couldn't do in the years leading up to this sat down reporting from washington and he's now a party. kind of the two weeks of budget brinksmanship cost the u.s. leadership a lot of trust from voters before the long awaited bill was passed so we gauge reaction from some of those on the other side of capitol hill it's really frustrating for the american people and for myself to see you know our government
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be so inefficient it's pretty bad. have the shutdown was my job for a little bit. don't even want to go into the patheticness of. our government i think it's very sad we are the people this is for the people people are going to remember all this idiocy and foolishness during the shutdown i believe president obama had a plan that he was going to take and punish the american people but he went a little too far. well as for president obama himself he put the blame for the lockdown squarely on the republicans he said squabbles in congress dealt an immense blow to the u.s. probably nothing is done more damage to america's credibility in the world are standing with other countries. in the spectacle that we've seen these past several weeks well obama said the full scope of the damage is still unknown condemning what he called a self inflicted crisis. in the meantime u.s.
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debt is skyrocketing it rose a record of three hundred twenty eight billion dollars straight after the deal to raise the ceiling was put in place and with barring a racing out of control america risks losing the confidence of investors around the globe pepe escobar from the asia times online he says it's becoming painfully obvious that the us economic model is malfunctioning. vereker is dead it's their business model is unsustainable the united states would have to read he's the whole economy financial policy fact which is still casino capitalism driven by all three there was a crisis in two thousand and eight and the next crisis according to the best independent economists all over the world maybe could be the last crisis off to a bull capitalism and then we're going to get something completely different there is still don't know what it is the most important part of this story is what happened this past week in. this see why news agency calling for a d.
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americanized the world of course this is not going to happen to morrow or the next few years it's going to happen by two thousand and twenty two thousand and twenty two which means the decline of the u.s. dollar the essentials of the you one a convertible you want all over the world and basket of currencies instead of the u.s. dollar as an international reserve currency the chinese has been at it for the past three or four years big time and now. here. and here's one of the most dramatic moments of the crucial nighttime vote in the congress the house transcriber unleashing a rant about gold before stunned lawmakers and she was forcibly removed from the chamber explaining later that she was simply doing the will of the holy spirit. all right thanks for joining us here on r.t. today italy's economy ministry has been attacked by furious protesters i'm good by
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the government's cost cutting drive thousands took to the streets denouncing the ongoing austerity measures for failing to dig the country out of recession i'll teach you got this going off he was there. at some point during this mass protest rally which has been taking place throughout the last two days really in central role a group of four young a radical protesters started throwing eggs at the finance ministry and also bottles sticks and the so-called thunder flashes or paper bombs as they're called here at the police who are providing security at the protest rally as a result several policemen were injured and we understand that arrests have also been made these rallies they've been going on for the past two days now and they are aims to protest against austerity measures and they have economic problems which italy is currently going through according to different figures from fifty thousand to seventy thousand people took part in this event they are protesting
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against high taxes high youth unemployment and also one of the other sort of points of this protest was against plans to build a high speed train line between italy and france since they say that it's going to be its construction is going to be harmful both to the environment and is going to be a threat to the health of the locals living in that area italy's going through the worst recession since the second world war huge unemployment is standing at just over forty percent and really these latest protests have been caused by the release of all for you delayed a state budget which critics say doesn't really solve any problems and what we're seeing here now really reminds us that italy is still in law in the same line with the other sovereign e.u. states like greece and portugal and actually for instance in portugal thousands have also taken to the streets also earlier on saturday also protesting against
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austerity measures. all right now tony ten minutes past the hour here in moscow and record high radiation levels were detected around japan's fukushima nuclear plant on friday and water samples showed that radioactive elements shooting up thousands of times in just a day reaching the highest level since the meltdown of twenty eleven and this is just the latest in a long line of troubles the power plant has struggled with its arteries every nickel to score points two and a half years to admit the painful truth japan needs help. we are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem my country needs are knowledge and expertise the past few months have been marked by growing problems at fukushima several workers have been exposed to radiation the levels of which are reportedly at their highest since the accident in two thousand and eleven and on top of that there is the issue of leakage this is the reactor inside it is
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the reactor core the actual nuclear part of the plant this is water which is used to call the nuclear course or doesn't burst in flames that water obviously has to go somewhere so it goes into a special container where eradicated water is stored and then filtered this is the ocean and the problem with the fukushima is that there is a leak so from there they read it water is flowing into the pacific ocean sadly russia has a lot of experience and offer when it comes to wiping up remnants of the nuclear catastrophe it has had its own death the last in a quarter of a century. when other perfect pitch should be treated just like chernobyl has a record that must be retired and put in a sarcophagus but the problem with is that they can't decide whether they want to close its doors to keep it going closing the plant doesn't seem to be an option for tepco the company operating the facility which many in japan blame for the failure
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to handle the fukushima crisis in fact tepco is pushing towards reopening it because she was lucky facility the world's largest nuclear power station it was shut down in two thousand and seven following reports of radioactive leaks after a powerful earthquake but the power giant seems undeterred by the prospect of having two malfunctioning nuclear power station on its hands maybe hoping an international effort would solve both problems at the same time. r.t. . of course as problems go back to a half years or so when a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit japan to save. in the plans cooling systems and causing a meltdown is that the government a year to admit mistakes by the operating company tepco led to the disaster rather than the natural calamity itself and several months later the company also admitted the crisis could have been avoided if indeed to done its job a bit better this summer a leak was discovered at a storage tank for contaminated water and when tepco finally admitted to the spill
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it revealed that up to three hundred tons of radioactive water was making its way into the ocean every single day. now a nuclear power expert on all goodness and he explained to us why those figures are so disturbing you know that this leech had something called strontium ninety in it ninety is bone seeker and it causes leukemia in huge quantities so now when he gets to the pacific ocean it minutely it gets diluted in an even bigger pond of water but it's truly frightening that we're releasing strontium ninety into the pacific ocean. and we also got us in about the possible risks from natural disasters that are frequent in this part of the world he said even a slight quake could cause yet another catastrophe we have a thousand tanks and they're all held together with plastic almost like you put on
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the swimming pool so if there's a moderate earthquake the plastic pipes will sail and all that material will run across the ground surface into the ocean and the facilities themselves the four reactors that are most damaged are you know they had serious explosions internally so you wouldn't take an earthquake as big as the one they had you know two and a half years ago potentially really do a lot of serious damage there. and you can always ahead of a website for the very latest on the updates and more analysis on the fukushima crisis we've been closely following the events since the disaster struck extensive reports opinions eyewitness accounts all of that right now online at r.t. dot com. someone used to come for you still a nazi including why calculating the actual death toll of the u.s. war in iraq has proved less than simple a new study suggests the real body count is worse than anybody to admit to you
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we've talked to one of the surveys authors that's just ahead for you. putting to the. numbers we have more than two thousand political prisoners i'm behind right now of course if you look at the system what the bahamian government is trying to do. they're trying to label many of these prisoners as terrorists. right to see. first street. and i would think that your.
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orders would. be in the. running down the top stories of the week and all of today here on r t thanks for joining us for the weekly new report on the real death toll of the u.s. led war in iraq it came out this week suggesting that almost hoth a million people have died as a result of violence in the country's poor infrastructure the study is based on speaking to a randomly chosen iraqi households and is seen as the most rigorous to date and we asked one of the surveys all those why many still underplay the real human cost of the war. clearly the public in both the u.s. and u.k.
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. underestimates the number of people who died in iraq as a result of that war and that's been true for a long time and i think it's the result of a very specific deliberate. strategy on the parts coalition forces to keep the public thinking that the death toll is low these were fairly rapidly unpopular decisions to to do this invasion and the less the public was able to track havoc that we were wreaking mongar they could sustain the end of the intervention without public outcry. but iraqis are striving to survive through daily violence and a bit o. sectarian divide of course part of a legacy of. the worst day this week which scattered attacks in
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baghdad and all across the country claiming at least seventy seven lives amy how about you know also told us that deeper analysis of the iraq war could reveal the even more shocking numbers. are flying the study is that households who experienced a great deal of violence were very likely to leave the country and we are pretty sure we missed a lot of people who might have told us about deaths because those people have left so we think our count is actually low. well on screen and online you can get clicking and check out what we have for you right now with the top home for example an immigration lawyer in the u.k. left to be amused after receiving a get out of the u.k. a message from the british border agency tens of thousands of texts mistakenly sent out as part of a campaign telling illegal immigrants to go home. and from deep space to deep water this half ton chunk of meteor right has been recovered from
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a russian lake bed and we've got video of the celestial sailors rescue that's in the in motion section at r.t. dog. thanks for joining us here on the program today allegations of abuse force feeding and the two hundred day hunger strike one ton of prison is really out of the news now he has been granted special access to the infamous u.s. jail here's an associate with a first hand look right across the fence. after a few months of people work to get cleared to visit the base the trip to get mojave and escape from the big apple to fort lauderdale in florida and from there a short hour and a half flight one largely kept under wraps. boards. the minute we land we're greeted by escorts. our trip the special guantanamo joint task force media team. one of them sergeant rebecca wood far from the stereotypical face
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you might imagine working at a place like this controversial military base as we soon learned the first of many surprises this is a really big break for me in my career from my military resume the people i work with every day day they share the same idea like they're all very proud to be here she joined the u.s. military a decade ago with no money for college a twenty eight one ton a most her second deployment you've heard about it like several movies but you don't really it is just a place that people forget about only they don't ever think about it getting to the main part of the base is a slow pace trip we have to wait for a ferry to take us across the bay and are taken to visit a beach first one of a handful of scenic locations you wouldn't really expect here we're going to the logic area now it's about a twenty minute ferry ride one side of the area where the airport is. several rebranded answers but the main part of the evil b. and the detention camp are over their head and given its reputation guantanamo
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isn't quite what we anticipated as we approach the meeting area it's sad interesting to note that to be unsuspecting this place looks just like another tropical island with an american flag you would never believe that this is a place housing one of the native states laureus the lodging area where taken to is like any typical hotel with palm trees and a marina right out the window first impression this can't be the place that has been casting a long shadow in america's human rights image for over a decade where torture allegations hunger strikes and force feeding have been making headlines i remember when i moved here i thought i would just see like people in orange jumpsuits and fences everywhere but i mean the families all stay on one side and the rest kind of happens on another the other side as where total of seven hundred seventy nine detainees. of america's war on terror have been kept since two thousand and two a total of one hundred sixty for now remaining at a whopping eight hundred thousand taxpayer dollars for
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a detainee per year even though more than half of them have been cleared for release but we are in a remote location that factors into the cost it costs what it cost to do it right we're doing it right means to those running america's most infamous detention facility and what lays beyond the picture perfect scenery all the realities of guantanamo in our reports to follow and party guantanamo bay cuba. where the outside to active camp at guantanamo where patients are forced that in the interim or strike never turned the world's attention to the places that some. of our clients and you're watching the weekly here on our today they may have been a huge global sigh of relief when america avoids a default but its reputation as the main economic powerhouse was badly damaged its
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closest ally britain for example is wooing china which has been calling for the world to quote be americanize. reports on the shifting attitudes. this week a cheer leading british chancellor took to beijing on a bridge building trade mission one of my tasks this week is to explain to the british people just how far china has come how sophisticated your businesses are how advanced you are in the fields of high tech and science and one of my principal goals this week is not just to increase british investment in china but to increase chinese investment in britain westminster's criticism of china's human rights record has up until recently blighted relations it could be hitting the treasury as well according to some estimates the british economy has been missing out on billions of pounds of cash from the people's republic of germany to be far more
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proactive in terms of promoting trade so for instance germany exports some seventy billion dollars worth of things to china every year you get twenty five percent more tourists going to france and coming to the u.k. which is ridiculous you get chinese ladies. in paris q you go to buy handbags i think we've been very slow frankly and i think we're going to be are again we think people will come to us i mean the reality is china is the largest growth economy in the world it just so happened that mr osborne's trip to china took place at the same time as the u.s. government shutdown but it's hard not to see the irony while politicians the world over speak of the potentially disastrous consequences of the washington debt crisis and economists warn of a loss of investor confidence in the u.s. george osborne's not here in westminster he's over in beijing courting chinese investment. at the same time a strongly worded opinion piece in china's leading government news outlet said that the world should start to de americanize the article went viral it spoke of the
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need for a new international reserve currency that would replace the dominance of the u.s. dollar and not altogether crazy prospect for some analysts china's surplus and fall income as a reserve is mounting and the us seems to be printing money with no end in sight the us dollar has lost according to the obvious value since the federal reserve was established and there is little return for a huge investment and then with. trade there are opportunities opening up in terms of resources in terms of assets so china has been diversify its reserves for the past maybe even over a past decade and of course the space would be gathering speed and with the u.k. struggling to emerge from recession it looks as though for westminster china's
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money is now more important than its politics there are some. see economic growth in a low as they think the will see a big slice china. move over the slightest they. might. see a group that says if we may save. the lives of polyploid k r t london. the olympic flame continues its journey across russia on route to sort it all eliminate the winter games in february the torch has already gone through hundreds of towns in russia traveling by. water run for spice supporters an ice breaker ship to go around the north pole with a spare flame kept aboard just in case and the arctic adventure is just one of. steps along the way the flame will go all the way to the bottom of russia's lake by also reaching the summit of europe's highest mountain. benchley breaking the record
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the longest ever to which we. are up next to a nazi we investigate one of the worst oil spills in history of the big fix just around the corner. switzerland will soon vote if they should start giving out thousands of dollars in cash to every adult citizen in the country you heard me right there's a grassroots campaign that is trying to get the government to give out to every adult citizen two thousand five hundred swiss francs approximately two thousand eight hundred dollars per month the motivation for the project is that many in switzerland fear that the financial crisis has caused wealth inequality to skyrocket you know i'm not an expert at swiss culture so maybe people there are different but if they gave out thousands of free dollars per month anywhere i've lived you would see the majority of people going into early retirement and not
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working at all and it's sort of like how they tell people not to feed the bears at parks because then the bears lose their instincts and will to hunt because getting a sandwich thrown at them is a lot easier i mean why go through the effort of auditing when the sandwich just magically appears handouts often creates law according to reuters some people are proposing a much better law for switzerland limiting executive pay to being twelve times higher than that of the lowest paid employee although this plan is making headlines it seems like a much better idea because it doesn't to motivate people to be productive and yet it would create almost utopia like levels of wealthy quality also if the bosses salary is tied to the employees that a lot of people be getting raises very soon this one to twelve p. ratio is much better than the free swiss francs and it gets my seal of approval but that's just my opinion.
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story me me me inside iran. the british geologists discovered iran was sitting on an ocean of oil and they decided they would take and they formed the anglo persian oil company and made a deal with the iranian monarchy. guaranteed itself all iran's oil. shortly after that the british government bought fifty one percent of the company and of the suggestion of winston churchill the british navy switched cold all boiled.